BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

It's a great time to be in the geospatial community... geospatial solutions in a digital world are more important than you may think!

- All data to be useful has to be spatial!

BeSpatial is well known event in the geospatial and information community.  This year BeSpatial is a 2 day event scheduled for

May 1st and May 2nd, in Thornhill at the Bayview Club. 

Please note: The Call for Presentation is closed for BeSpatial'19 but  it remains open year-roundConsider submitting an abstract for our Fall'19 and Winter'20 events. Also, there are opportunities to participate in our section (regional) events. For more information on how you may get involved: Contact: the east, north and/or the west.

Day 1 will offer a selection of presentations highlighting the role of geospatial and information to support Smart initiatives.  

Register for Day 1 or both

Some topics to cover are:

 1.       Governance

2.       Technologies

    3.       Case Studies

    a. Smart data privacy, ownership, accessibility a. Sensors a. Examples of Smart initiatives
    b. Smart data value models b. Integrating technologies                  b. Smart Strategies – examples              

    c. PPP initiative funding models and

    c. Storage space technologies and

    c. Smart benefits and opportunities                                     
    d. Digital strategy and guiding principles toward becoming Smart d. Presentation  
    • Geospatial analytics
    • Open Data – how key is it to becoming smart 
    • Business Intelligence - analytics for evidence based decision making
    • LiDAR
    • Cloud Services
    • GIS input into evidence based decision making
    • Emergency Management from various public and private sector perspectives: planning, transportation, conservation authority, engineering, utilities
    • 3D Visualization
    • Transportation Modeling

    Day 2 BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum:

    Register for Day 2 only

    Some critical topic areas to be addressed:

    • Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    • Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
    • Community Broadband and Economic Development
    • Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    • Benchmarking Leading Practices in Service Delivery, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    • Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    Interactive Q&A

    • What is the Importance of Business Intelligence Analytics in the Smart Community?
    • How does geospatial infrastructure underpin the Smart Community?
    • What are the Smart City Challenges and Opportunities
    • How to fund Smart?
    • Innovative Approached to Services – benchmarking leading practices
    • What about Data Ownership and Privacy?
    • Where's the Value in Public Private Partnership
    • Future Shock is Now! How the change in the urban/rural dynamic and its impact on who gets what?

     BeSpatial invites you to showcase your GIS achievements, best practices and challenges by presenting at this year’s conference!


      Submit a Presentation Abstract for Fall'19 or Winter'20 Program events

      For further information, please contact: Mirjana, Programs Director

      The following topics are open topics for conference and/or webinar presentations.

      Geospatial and Information Community
      • How does asset management support addressing public safety concerns?
      • Sustaining Municipal Revenue: what happens when you run out of new land?
      • Transportation & Transit: planning, mapping and management of transportation GIS
      • Planning for optimal growth and sustainability
      • Addressing: more than just a number on the side of a building
      • Map Cartography: Telling a story with maps. Design, techniques and tricks. 
      • Economic Development: growth neighbourhoods, promoting new business, resident attraction and retention
      • Public and Environmental Health: flu mapping, disease tracking, supporting healthy community and SMART initiatives
      • Civic engagement: GIS to promote citizen engagement, managing crowd-sourced and volunteered data.
      • Open government: case studies of geospatial and information initiatives to support open government.
      • Leveraging open source solutions: open application development, open data standards.
      Emergency Management

      • The geospatial and information enabled Emergency Operations Centre
      • Flood Planning: Before, During and After
      • Emergency Response planning, management and sustainability
      • Optimizing response times

      Utilities
      • Innovative approaches to asset management
      • Responding to major storm events & climate change
      • Planning new utilities infrastructure: tactical and public consultation
      • Public Safety
      • Handling the infrastructure deficit

      Environment
      • Conservation: watershed improvement, conservation and restoration
      • Habitat, wildlife, environment and infrastructure management
      • Alternative Energy: planning and management of wind, solar and other alternative energy projects.
      • Climate Change: carbon monitoring, and atmospheric studies
      • Green infrastructure, LEED, and facilities environmental management
      Leadership
      • Innovative use of Drone technologies
      • Legal restrictions and implications of UAVs 
      • Integration between web mapping and other systems
      • Open Data: Managing the post-implementation “now what?” phase
      • Bringing mapping and analytics into mainstream data flow
      • The value of partnerships: Public/Private, Local/Regional/Provincial/Federal
      • GIS Return on Investment (ROI): measure it, document it, communicate it
      • Leveraging shared geospatial and information investments: consortiums, data sharing agreements and more
      • GISP Certification: the ins and outs of becoming a Certified GIS Professional
      • Identifying 'champions' in your organization to propel your technology ideas forward
      • RFPs that work: tailoring an RFP to encourage the right proposals for the job
      • Education: how to cope with reductions in training budgets and still keep your staff on top of their game
      • System Integration: integrating information between major enterprise systems.
      • Managing a Bring your own device policy for geospatial and information (GI) services
      • Business process re-engineering: business intelligence at its finest. How do organizations re-engineer themselves to be more agile in ever-changing markets?
      • "New" Uses for geospatial and information services (GIS): Share your innovative applications.
      • Managing geospatial and information services (GIS) professionals: hiring, recruiting and retaining

      Solution Central: Technical Presentations
      • Practical asset management solutions
      • Implementing ADL and Vehicle Locate systems
      • Cloud Services: hosting and publishing geospatial and information in the cloud.
      • GIS Architecture: what are the best practices in designing an enterprise system?
      • GPS Data Collection: data capture best practices, getting the data to your end user.
      • GIS Software: technology tools and tips.
      • Geospatial and information services Future: next generation GIS applications.
      • Application Development: for the desktop, mobile and/or the cloud.
      • Mobile applications: from tablet to smartphones, what is the best way to utilize mobile technologies with your GIS?

      Submit a Presentation for Fall'19 or Winter'20 Program events

      Please note: The BeSpatial Call for Presentations is closed but "the CALL" remains open year-roundConsider submitting an abstract for our Fall'19 and Winter'20 events.

      Also, there are opportunities to participate in our section (regional) events. For more information on how you may get involved: Contact: the east, north and/or the west.


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